Government

Ex-Indiana schools chief Bennett ineligible for county seat

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett can't fill a vacant Clark County Council seat because he hasn't lived there long enough.
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GOP leadership: Time for serious discussion on Sunday sales

February 2, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana's legislative leaders say it's time to have a serious discussion on Sunday sales of carryout alcohol — again.
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JRAC presents 2 criminal reform bills to House committee

February 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
As Indiana’s criminal justice system continues to roll out legislatively mandated reforms, members of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council are working with legislators to implement changes that will benefit both law enforcement and offenders.
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Indiana's Hill among attorneys general supporting Gorsuch

February 2, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says he's leading Republican attorneys general from 20 states, including Indiana, in support of President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.
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Virginia joins lawsuit challenging Trump immigration order

February 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order restricting travelers from seven Muslim majority nations from entering the U.S., Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Tuesday.
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Senate committee considers vacating trafficking victims’ convictions

February 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Victims of human trafficking in Indiana could soon have a new mechanism for relief from charges brought against them while they were under the control of a trafficker if a new bill designed to vacate those charges is passed.
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Indiana Senate panel considers adding drone-related crimes

February 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Some Indiana lawmakers concerned that operators with nefarious intentions could turn peeping drones into peeping Toms are pushing to criminalize using the high-tech flying gadgets for voyeurism.
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Fueled by protest, liberals push for blockade of Trump picks

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Democrats are racing to respond to the wave of liberal outrage triggered by President Donald Trump, jumping into protests, organizing rallies and vowing to block more of the new president's nominees — including, possibly, his pick for the Supreme Court.
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State lawmakers discuss expanding screening for teachers

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will help strengthen Indiana’s system for running background checks for teachers.
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Anti-abortion groups hold triumphant rally after Obama years

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The politically ascendant anti-abortion movement gathered Friday for a triumphant rally on the National Mall, rejoicing at the end of an eight-year presidency that participants said was dismissive of their views.
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Legal aid filing fee bill moves to House

January 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would extend the $1 filing fee on civil cases submitted to Indiana state courts has breezed through the Senate and is now headed to the House of Representatives.
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Congressmen write Trump letter about East Chicago lead

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for details related to cleaning up lead contamination in East Chicago.
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Abortion ban bill won't be heard in Indiana House committee

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A key Indiana House panel won’t consider a contentious attempt to ban abortions, its chairman said Thursday, meaning the measure likely is dead this session.
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Exodus refugee group ‘deeply troubled’ by Trump plans

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana organization that successfully blocked former Gov. Mike Pence’s attempted ban on Syrian refuges says it’s “deeply troubled” by President Donald Trump’s plan to do the same across the U.S.
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Indiana mayor weighs ID program aimed at helping immigrants

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana mayor may pursue a plan to begin issuing ID cards to immigrants living in the country without legal permission. Latino community leaders have been urging Goshen officials for months to issue such ID cards.
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Senate to hear bill banning attorney indemnification clauses

January 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prevent attorneys from prohibiting clients from filing legal malpractice claims will soon be heard by the full Indiana Senate.
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Lawmakers consider funding for lead crisis in East Chicago

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
State lawmakers are considering two plans allocating a total of $15 million in state funds for the lead crisis in East Chicago.
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Lawmaker drops pay-hike push for governor, others

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker has decided to withdraw his proposal that would have given a big pay increase to the governor and other top elected state officeholders, calling instead for a study of those salaries compared with other states.
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House panel OKs needle exchange bill despite AG’s opposition

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press
A proposal that would give counties and municipalities control over creating needle-exchange programs in their communities advanced through a legislative committee Wednesday, despite opposition from new Attorney General Curtis Hill.
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Former IDEM employee's lawsuit highlights risks, rewards for whistleblowers

January 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Suzanne Esserman claims the Indiana Department of Environmental Management fired her for questioning payments to private contractors, so she's filed a whistleblower lawsuit.
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College savings plan benefits could expand

January 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
As 529 plans hit 20-year milestone in Indiana, new state and federal contribution incentives have been proposed.
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Funding ‘critical’ to continue criminal code reform initiatives

January 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As lawmakers hammer out another biennial budget, officials backing Indiana’s criminal justice reform say money is the key to keeping the effort moving forward.
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Common Cause Indiana opposes Sessions for attorney general

January 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Common Cause Indiana stepped into Sen. Joe Donnelly’s Indianapolis office Tuesday afternoon and turned over a petition with more than 4,000 signatures opposed to the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General.
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Lawmakers consider bill prohibiting misdemeanor sex-crime expungement

January 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a high school teacher in Bedford was convicted of a felony for maintaining a sexual relationship with his 17-year-old student, the teacher received alternative misdemeanor sentencing and, upon, successful completion of probation, had the sexual offense expunged from his criminal record.
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House hearing set for Marion County judicial selection bill

January 24, 2017
IL Staff
An Indiana House committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would institute a new system for selecting the 36 judges of Marion Superior Court but would retain the partisan balance on the court that was a key element of the former system invalidated by a federal court.
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